PianoSummer at New Paltz Opens July 12


Advanced Students from Around the World Work with Renowned Artist/Teachers in Classes, Lecture-Demonstrations, Recitals and Concerts Open to the Public

Festival Highlights Include Faculty Gala, Recital with Daniel Pollack and “Masterpieces of the Russian Underground” Festival Concert

PianoSummer at New Paltz Institute/Festival which brings together advanced piano students and a distinguished international artist faculty to the campus of State University of New York at New Paltz will be held Monday, July 12 through Friday, August 1, 2003. The institute and festival offer a unique forum that integrates student and faculty performance, lectures, master classes, student recitals, and festival concerts, all of which are open to the public. PianoSummer is a project of the School of Fine & Performing Arts. It is under the leadership of founder and Artistic Director Vladimir Feltsman, the renowned pianist who holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at SUNY New Paltz.

This year’s PianoSummer Festival will open with a Faculty Gala that features performances by each of the six faculty members, offering audiences a rare chance to hear several renowned and distinct pianists in one concert, while providing Institute students the opportunity to hear their instructors in performance. Other highlights include a master class and recital with special guest pianist Daniel Pollack, a recital with last year’s Jacob Flier Competition winner, 19-year old Daniel Shleyenkov, who recently won the New Jersey Young Artists Award, and a festival concert featuring “Masterpieces of the Russian Underground” highlighting works by composers such as Shostakovich and Schnittke who defied “official” Soviet artistic policies in the second half of the 20th century. Called “one of the best ideas of the year” by the New York Sun, “Masterpieces of the Russian Underground,” was presented as a multi-disciplinary festival conceived and directed by Mr. Feltsman at New York’s Lincoln Center this past winter.

PianoSummer Institute

The four-week PianoSummer Institute, which is now in its eighth year, provides a balanced program of piano studies and performance opportunities, so that participating pianists develop their own technical and interpretive skills. The most distinctive aspect of the institute is that every student works intensively with all faculty members, thereby gaining exposure to diverse teaching approaches, keyboard styles and musical ideologies, and encouraging each young artist to deepen his or her musical insights. The intensive schedule includes daily individual lessons, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, student recitals and festival concerts. All events are open to the public, providing students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience.

In addition to Mr. Feltsman, this summer’s faculty includes a roster of distinguished artist-teachers from noted music schools in the United States: Robert Hamilton, who teaches a studio of international students at Arizona State University School of Music; Phillip Kawin, a member of the piano faculty of Manhattan School of Music since 1989 who has been guest professor at the Moscow Conservatory International Summer School, the Cliburn Piano Institute and the London Piano Festival; Paul Ostovsky, who was a student of Jacob Flier at the Moscow Conservatory and is now a Professor at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, State University of New York; Alexander Slobodyanik, Visiting Professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russian and on the faculty member of Montclair State University; and Eteri Andjaparidze, Associate Professor and head of the Piano Department at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.

The diversity of the faculty is intentional, exposing students to varied performing traditions, ideologies and cultures. Approximately 40 students from throughout the world participate in the PianoSummer Institute.

PianoSummer Festival

This year’s PianoSummer Festival will open with a Faculty Gala featuring performances by all faculty members on Saturday, July 12, providing audiences and students a rare opportunity to hear these distinguished musicians practice their craft. On Saturday, July 19 internationally renowned pianist Daniel Pollack, called a musician of “astounding brilliance” by the New York Times, will give a recital of works by Bach-Siloti, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann.

Festival concerts will also include “Masterpieces of the Russian Underground” on Saturday, July 26, featuring works by Shostakovich, Knaifel, Schnittke and Silvestrov as performed by Vladimir Feltsman on piano, Peter Krysa on violin and Yosif Feigelson on cello. The concert celebrates the remarkable body of work produced by those artists who refused to bow to the conventions and restrictions of the Soviet system, which sought to use the power of art for its own political ends. Conceived and directed by the Russian-born Feltsman, who himself experienced the repressive cultural policies of the Soviet system before immigrating the United States in 1987, “Masterpieces of the Russian Underground” was presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a multi-disciplinary festival in January 2003 in New York, Portland, OR and Tucson, AZ.

The PianoSummer Festival finale, the Symphony Gala with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under the direction of Mr. Feltsman will take place on Friday, August 1, featuring a concerto performance by the First Place Winner of the Jacob Flier Piano Competition. The program will also include Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

All concerts take place in McKenna Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Please see attached for complete program and ticket information.

Jacob Flier Piano Competition 2003

In 1998, Vladimir Feltsman established the Jacob Flier Competition, in honor of the distinguished Russian pianist who was his teacher at the Moscow Conservatory. The competition is held during the third week of the institute, on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23 at 3:00 p.m., and is open to all students under the age of 35. Entrants are required to perform one prelude and fugue from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, a large-scale solo work, and a concerto from the competition repertoire, which ranges from Mozart to Gershwin. The competition will be held in the Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall, and is open to the public free of charge.

The First Place Winner performs with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under the direction of Vladimir Feltsman at the PianoSummer Festival’s Symphony Gala concert at McKenna Theatre on Friday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m., and the Second- and Third-Place Winners perform in recital on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nadia and Max Shepard Recital hall.

Daniel Shleyenkov, the 2002 Jacob Flier Piano Competition winner and recent winner of the New Jersey Symphony Young Artist Award, will perform works by Bach, Haydn, Liszt and Rachmaninoff on Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Please see attached program for ticket information.

Master Classes and Lecture-Demonstrations

The PianoSummer Institute also includes lectures by Paul Ostrovsky, “Piano Chamber Music of Beethoven” (July 11, 2:30 p.m.), Eteri Andjaparidze, “all That Piano Jazz” (July 15, 2:30 p.m.) and “Clavier Music of Chopin” with Vladimir Feltsman (July 24, 2:30 P.M.) As well as master classes with Daniel Pollack (July 18, 2:30 p.m.) and Alexander Slobodyanik (July 30, 2:30 p.m.). All events are held in the Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall and are open to the public. General admission is $10.

Student Recitals

Student recitals will be given on Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall. The recitals are open to the public at a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds will benefit the PianoSummer Community Scholarship Fund.

Vladimir Feltsman

Founder and Artistic Director of PainoSummer at New Paltz, Vladimir Feltsman is recognized as one of the most important musicians of his generation, an artist of immense range and insights with repertoire that ranges from Bach to 20th-century composers. He regularly performs with America’s leading orchestras and appears on major recital series and at prestigious festivals throughout the world. This summer, Mr. Feltsman performs Bach’s Brandenberg Concertos as part of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Bach Festival, Bach’s “French” Suites at the Ravinia Festival, and returns to the Aspen Music Festival to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Mr. Feltsman has recorded extensively for the Sony Classical, Music Masters, Melodiya and Urtext labels, including works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Messiaen, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. In addition to his post at SUNY New Paltz, Mr. Feltzman teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

PianoSummer at New Paltz Schedule of Events FESTIVAL CONCERTS at McKenna Theatre

Saturday, July 12, 8 pm PianoSummer Faculty Gala

Robert Hamilton – MOZART – Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major, K. 333

Paul Ostrovsky – BEETHOVEN – Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 “Tempest”

Phillip Kawin – PROKOFIEV – Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, Op. 83

Vladimir Feltsman – BACH – Partita No. 1

Eteri Andjaparidze – LISZT – Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Alexander Slobodyanik – STRAVINSKY – Petrouchka

Followed by a “Meet the Artists” reception for PianoSummer members.Tickets $25, $20 senior/student

Saturday, July 19, 8 pm Daniel Pollack

Works by Bach-Siloti, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann Tickets $25; $20 senior/student

Saturday, July 26, 8 pm Masterpieces of the Russian Underground

Vladimir Feltsman, piano

Peter Krysa, violin

Yosif Feigelson, cello

SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano Trio, No. 2

KNAIFEL – Duo for Violin and Cello

SCHNITTKE – Piano Trio

SILVESTROV – The Messenger

Tickets $25; $20 senior/student

Friday, August 1, 8 pm Symphony Gala with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic

Vladimir Feltsman, conductor

Soloist-First Place Winner of the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition

TCHAIKOVSKY – Romeo and Juliet Piano Concerto to be announced SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony #9

Tickets $35; $30 senior/student


Student Recitals

Thursday, July 17, 7:30 pm Thursday, July 31, 7:30 pm Programs to be announced Suggested donation: $5 (Proceeds to benefit PianoSummer Community Scholarship Fund)

Jacob Flier Piano Competition 2003

Tuesday, July 22, 3:00 pm Wednesday, July 23, 3:00 pm Competition Free admission

Friday, July 25, 7:30pm Performance by Winner of Jacob Flier Competition 2002: Daniel Shleyenkov $10 general admission

Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 pm Performance of the Second and Third Place Winners of 2003 Jacob Flier Competition $10 general admission

Lectures and Master Classes

Friday, July 11, 2:30 pm Lecture/Demonstration: “Piano Chamber Music of Beethoven” Paul Ostrovsky, Artist/Faculty, PianoSummer $10 general admission Followed by a discussion with PianoSummer faculty and students

Tuesday, July 15, 2:30 pm Lecture/Demonstration: “All That Piano Jazz” Eteri Andjaparidze, Artist/Faculty, PianoSummer $10 general admission Followed by a discussion with PianoSummer faculty and students

Friday, July 18, 2:30 pm Master Class with Daniel Pollack, Special Guest/Faculty, PianoSummer $10 general admission

Thursday, July 24, 2:30 pm Lecture: “Clavier Music of Chopin” Vladimir Feltsman, Artistic Director, PianoSummer $10 general admission Followed by a discussion with PianoSummer faculty and students

Wednesday, July 30, 2:30 pm Master Class with Alexander Slobodyanik, Artist/Faculty, PianoSummer $10 general admission

Ticket Information: The PianoSummer at New Paltz box office is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and one hour before each concert. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with VISA or MasterCard, or in person at Parker Theatre with check, cash, or credit card. For tickets and information call 845-257-3904. Additional information about PianoSummer at New Paltz can be found at www.newpaltz.edu/piano. All programs, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Images to accompany this release are available at http://www.newpaltz.edu/news/images/feltsmanteach72-06-03.html


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